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TheDarkness Peralogue | joined 30 November 2006 | 75 posts


Imagery posted 01 December 2006 in ReviewsImagery by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Now I am not trying to take anyhting away from what has come to be my favorite fantasy series period. Well actually I loved Ender's Game and never read the sequels to that, but im sure that at this point in my life, PoN with all its graphic detail of both passionate physicality and exquisite emotion far outsrips the Ender's series. But I have come to draw parallels between the nations of the Three Seas and the nations that ruled the world close to 2000 years ago. The closest correlation comes between the Nansur Empire and the great Dynasties of China... All the scandal, pageantry, discipline, and riches. The second closest correlation comes between the Kianene and the great Muslim countries during the times of the Crusades... The scimitars, the battle cunning, and proximity to the desert. It also feels as though the men of the tusk are in some way descendant from the knights of the round table and the great european kings with armies of armoured infantry. Im sure im not the first to draw these correlations but I have yet to thoroughly comb this forum for similar posts. In no way do these connections to the current section of time and dimension diminish the enjoyability of the story of the Mandate Schoolman and his misgivings. What do you think? view post


Connected posted 01 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionConnected by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Now I am not trying to take anyhting away from what has come to be my favorite fantasy series period. Well actually I loved Ender's Game and never read the sequels to that, but im sure that at this point in my life, PoN with all its graphic detail of both passionate physicality and exquisite emotion far outsrips the Ender's series. But I have come to draw parallels between the nations of the Three Seas and the nations that ruled the world close to 2000 years ago. The closest correlation comes between the Nansur Empire and the great Dynasties of China... All the scandal, pageantry, discipline, and riches. The second closest correlation comes between the Kianene and the great Muslim countries during the times of the Crusades... The scimitars, the battle cunning, and proximity to the desert. It also feels as though the men of the tusk are in some way descendant from the knights of the round table and the great european kings with armies of armoured infantry. Im sure im not the first to draw these correlations but I have yet to thoroughly comb this forum for similar posts. In no way do these connections to the current section of time and dimension diminish the enjoyability of the story of the Mandate Schoolman and his misgivings. What do you think? view post


Right thing to do? posted 01 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionRight thing to do? by TheDarkness, Peralogue

there are too many undertermined variables.

1. Amount of money in you pocket (which would determine relative cost to your condition)
2. Experience of the Youth in question (you might have been able to cement your position in his life (memory) as the person who bought him the first cig he ever smoked, which, depending on what you believe could possibly strengthen your chacnes of existing after passing on in the memory of others.)
3. The weather (you might sympathize more if it were raining or cold, especially if the youth in question had no shelter in sight.)

All in all, im sure you made the right decision. Good luck next time! view post


Connected posted 01 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionConnected by TheDarkness, Peralogue

it belonged here rather than in reviews view post


Free will and Sorcery posted 02 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree will and Sorcery by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Through out the history of our dimension there have been mass murders and massive wars in the name of something holy. Even in this country, we have seen men and women tortured and killed for the fear of witchcraft. The realm of PoN presents us with the sames fears but a different scenario. The school men live among the population but they are damned. Of course being damned by something you dont believe is hardly threatening. I often find myself wondering what I would do in the case that I had the opportunity to become a mandate schoolman. Although I hold beliefs much like the Men of the Tusk, the powers of sorcery and philosophical sorcery at that, sound very tempting. So this choice puts to the test your very faith! Is there a rigth choice, a shortest path, or is Drusas Achamain right? Are the doubters the ones for which salvation will come? view post


Free will and Sorcery posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree will and Sorcery by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Wow! So many insights, sorry i have missed out on all the discussion. there are so many things in the above comments that i would like to speak to but the range of the topics have varied so greatly that it would be hard to do in one posting. First of all to the Hypothetical: I would want to believe, I would have a lot of questions. Depending on the person's overall look and sincerity, I would judge him much the way Khellus would.
I would like to speak to the earlier religious comments. Religion is a complex and confusing endeavour. Faith is belief without reason. Eternity is existence with out time. God is being without limits. While none of these things exist naturally in the world, they are somehow present in our consciouness. Now i have read arguements that say that for that reason alone, God must exist. Like a statue in the desert, something must have created it. I have gotten a litle off topic here since i was trying to go more towards questions of faith and am now talking about God, but this path is naturally linked. HTe main point: If God is ultimately intellegent, would he be satisfied by a race of worshippers who disregard intellect for blind faith? Much the way Akka believes that doubters have found the true path to eternity. view post


The Reaction of a New Religion posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionThe Reaction of a New Religion by TheDarkness, Peralogue

The five major religions of the world: Christianity, Judeaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. None younger than 2000 yo. I believe the fastest growing is Christianity. I believe a catastrophic event is the only the only way a new religion could gain a lot of followers. For example if Tom Cruise started glowing and levitating. While i have not really looked into Scientology, I believe it is a fad.

As far as phliosophy as a religion. I believe that would go against the very philosophy of philosophy. Philosophy, or the love of knowledge is a never ending quest, to find the ultimate answers. Like yall said in reply to my post, at that point all points would be lost. Philosophy holds no ultimate beliefs, but it does give rise to infinite questions. view post


More to Life posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionMore to Life by TheDarkness, Peralogue

as far about brain activity goes, what about savants? they are physically inept but they have forms of genius. i just saw this 60 minutes about this kid who just composed his 5 symphony. more than most compose in thier lifetime. He descirbe the musinc coming in on channels, he said he normally could hear up to ten channels of incoming music> where is this muxinc coming from? maybe another dimension! As far as other dimensions, I strongly reccomend Stephen King's Dark Tower Series. After reading these books, it is hard not to believe in other or parallel dimensions. King has a way of speaking to you and telling the story very intamately as though these things happened to him. He also adresses his readers at the beginning of every book. We are Constant Readers. and he seems to know me personally. anyways the books pose a universe or universes in a very believable way view post


Christianity: Revelations posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionChristianity: Revelations by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Well the rapture as i understand it is not when Jesus will reutrn but when all believers will be called up to heaven and leave the sinners of the world to their own devices. After the rapture there will be seven years of tribulation with the Anti-Christ at the helm. After seven years Jesus will return adn there will be Armegedon, The devil will be cast into the lake of fire and there will be a thousand years of peace on earth until alll are taken to heaven.

But I believe that the believers will not be dismayed if they are not taken in 2008. Just some more time to save some more souls from eternal damnation view post


Christianity: Revelations posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionChristianity: Revelations by TheDarkness, Peralogue

hmm thats a good question. time seems pretty irrelevant if it is not used correctly. maybe its to make sure that satan stays in his hole. i believe that at the end of the thousand years he does come bak acnd convert some more Christians. is there a specific verse in revelations where it says when the rapture will happen? all this stuff is intersting to me i wonder how the Christian version of the Apocolypse stacks up against those of other religions. view post


More to Life posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionMore to Life by TheDarkness, Peralogue

haha, hmm those are some pretty talented dead relatives! But im not sure that he would be able to compose a 200 hundred page symphony by arrangin music previously heard. These are original works. He started drawing bars and intruments when he was two. other dimensions must have some conections to others, if they were exclusive they would collide out of negative attraction view post


OMG posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionOMG by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Ok Ok this is gettin a little hard to keep up with. While i respect each of yall for your input and intellegence, I have not been able to keep up with all the replies you have posted. I have glanced and noticed your ability to transfer energy. While i have no doubt that you are sincere in your posts, I know that things like energy transger and hyonotism can be extremely subjective. I hope you dont take this as insulting, but i would like to hear about some more experiences that you have had that makes you so sure you are essentially powerful beyond normal human capabilities. I would also like yall to consider the miracles that Jesus performed. Tell me what you think. Walking on water, feeding thousads with one loaf, turning water to wine. To me these powers seem very similar to that of sorcery. Can Jesus be looked at as a damned soul in the times of the Romans much like we would damn him now? Be very careful what you ask for, for sometimes they may come! view post


End of the world posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionEnd of the world by TheDarkness, Peralogue

I would agree that it will be the genius of man and his endless pursuit of new innovations. I would say that the current pursuit energy will lead to the burning of the world. The combination of matter and anti matter creates %100 energy (i believe the atom bomb in hiroshima produced less than %14 energy). While we are not currently able to contain anti matter it will soon be possible. Once this chain reaction is thought to be controllable we will find our selves with a weapon of unfathomable consequences. the nation that conrols it will become drunk with power and be forced to use it when other nations resist. A weapon of this magnitude could wipe out entire nations. Extreme power always finds its way to those with extreme positions. view post


Leaving Iraq by 2008 posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionLeaving Iraq by 2008 by TheDarkness, Peralogue

touchy subject. my view is this: there is no situation now that we could call a victory or success. Iraq is a lost cause, while i agree that things will get worse if we leave, they will also get worse if we stay. right now 136 people die every day in Iraq. there is a mass exodus from the city, as there should be. the insurgency grows stronger and we continually lose men. they grow stonger because they have a purpose, kill the occupiers. Pull out and wait. Our homeland is safe at the moment, while we are always vunerable to terrorist attacks, No middle eastern nation would dare an invasion on American soil. Protect Isreal. that is our only perogotive. view post


OMG posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionOMG by TheDarkness, Peralogue

well here is how it goes. the roman empire at the time of Jesus was already more than a thousand years old and spread throughout most of modern day europe. The emperor at the time was Claudius, who probably did not know of Jesus at all, he had imperial politics to worry about. The provincial king at the time of Jesus' birth was King Herod, if you remeber he ordered the killing of all boys under the age of three because his advisors told him of the Jewish prophecy, that a jewish king would be born when there appeared a bright star in the sky. Being king herod did not want anyone going for his throne. Now the Jews of the day did not want to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, especially because he was humble. They saw him as a false prophet (much like someone we know) and wanted him executed, but because Romans ruled the land, they dispersed the punishments. the jews were given a choice, free Jesus or Barabas, a murderer. They chose to free Barabas, Pontias Pilot was the provincial governor who over saw the proceeding, he washed his hands of the mess and allowed Jesus to be crucified. view post


Free Will posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by TheDarkness, Peralogue

i believe the question is this. does choice entail free will? If it does then of course we have free will because all of us have decided to join this forum. If choice does not entail free will. then we must come up with a new definition for free will. will start a new topic about this. view post


Free Will Explained posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will Explained by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Lets do this, lets not discuss if we have free will or not. Lets try to come up with a real definition of free will. The premise is this: choice does not entail free will. I believe that it is obvious that we have choice (i know there are arguements around this but lets take this for granted, we all have choice) so if we all have choice and that does not necesarily mean that we have free will. what does free will mean? view post


Free Will Explained posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will Explained by TheDarkness, Peralogue

we all have a certain set of emotions, they are wide ranging and intricate but essesntially every human without disfunctions, are capable of feeling the same things. Now you can argue this but i assure we all have a common experience as human beings. Free will is the ability to still the soul from the storm of emotions, to choose ones own internal environment, to live a life according to rules or do whatever you damn well please. even in some sad cases to will that one no longer wills. but the will is limited by the range of human emotions and capabilities. I really need to go back and read some of my old notes. i will be sure and do that so i can really say what i want. view post


Connected posted 04 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionConnected by TheDarkness, Peralogue

ahh thank you view post


dark tower? posted 04 December 2006 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Well i gotta say that i can understand where all or maybe just most of yall are coming from. Personally i loved the Dark Tower series. my favorite book probably being Wizard and Glass, first of all cool title! I would have to say that i am somewhat of a romantic so the love story alone i thought was epic. man what great emotions!! Aside from that the old west setting of that book was amazing plus the look into some of roland's training and maturations as well as the connections between his old and new groups were great. Other than that the Wolves of the Callah was great! gotta love the courage to attempt to connect the stories of almost all the books he has written into one series, and with that explain the working of the universe. dont want to say to much so as to avoid spoilers. but maaan what great books! trust me you wont regrert them. view post


Free Will Explained posted 04 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will Explained by TheDarkness, Peralogue

so is free will non existent? is it just a an illusion? view post


Leaving Iraq by 2008 posted 05 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionLeaving Iraq by 2008 by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Is it possible to war for reason and not for faith? i defintely believe for revenge but what about pure logical reasoning. the loss of so many men for any cause, is it reasonable or logical? view post


More to Life posted 05 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionMore to Life by TheDarkness, Peralogue

If you like books that give you an alternate perception of what the facts might be, i strongly suggest all the Dan Brown. The D Code. Angels and Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. Deception gives you some sweet facts about NASA and the Gov, and Digital deals tieh the NSA, wow some great and suspenseful reads. plus you feel like you have an insiders look at the real basis for the orgs. of course these are works of fiction, but man do you want to believe them. I cant wait till brown comes out with his next book! view post


Movies posted 05 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovies by TheDarkness, Peralogue

has anyone seen the new james bond or the new brad pitt film babel? i was very pleasantly suprised by both these movies. the new bond is kick @$$. and babel very well acted and executed! view post


Dan Brown posted 05 December 2006 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by TheDarkness, Peralogue

I have to disagree with all the dan brown bashing. while i agree that the ideal of the holy grail as mary is not the newest idea, you have to admire the man for realizing the potentiality in the idea, and the possibility that if he got it to the mainstream they would eat it up like hot cakes. and i cant help but notice that no one comments on his other books. all of which i found entertaining to say the least. give them a try you will be suprised! view post


Names posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNames by TheDarkness, Peralogue

yep i think your children are gonna hate you, your atleast look at you with extreme distaste view post


Riddles posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by TheDarkness, Peralogue

hey help me out, how does the fourth line describe the third line and so on. that next one is hard, gonna need some time. view post


Names posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNames by TheDarkness, Peralogue

true true, by the time you are old enough to legally change it you are usually over it. i remeber giong through those phases. hmm i think i like the names Cornwallace and Xineminus view post


Movies posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMovies by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Ill admit that the first brosnan film was good but man did those movies get really bad and totally corny as they went on. The new was a little bit of a stretch but had great action and a good enough story. Connery was the man! got to give him that view post


Helll Ya!!!!! posted 17 January 2007 in ReviewsHelll Ya!!!!! by TheDarkness, Peralogue

Man i just finished TTT and man was it the best or what!! Usually disapointed with the end of books but man that couldnt have been any better! What i think is that Akka needs to go get some Conditioning and then come back and kick some ass. man i loved that ending. If anyone has read the Dark Tower series, then you know what stepen kings has to say about endings, basically he gives himself excuses for making lame ass endings because not everyone will be satisfied. Well i have to say the the ending to this book was more than i expected and i will feel let down from now on by the cop out endings that king employs. which sux becuase after finishing this book and desperately awaiting the next installment i will be starting kings newest excuse for a novel. (after having read PON i will be ruined for a true adventure.) view post


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